TargetPoint Volume 17 of 32
Todays Verse/Thought: The Rejection Factor
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
He lived, he died, so what? An undesirable epitaph to put it mildly! One of the GREATEST BLOWS TO OUR SELF-WORTH COMES IN THE FORM OF REJECTION. There is not a human being alive that hasnít been rejected in one way or another. As a child . . . by the kid down the block; as a teenager . . . by the popular ones at school; as a young adult . . . spurned by the object of affection; as an employee . . . passed over for that promotion.
In Isaiah 53:3 the prophet foretold the rejection of Jesus: He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. The Hebrew definition of the word rejected here is the worst possible, meaning VACANT, to disappear, to loathe and disdain. Think of it, almost like the epitaph above, as though His existence was NON-existence.
Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5:22 that if you even call another person fool you are in danger of hell fire. Here the Greek means, EMPTY ONE, WORTHLESS ONE, total rejection of another.
Perhaps you have been rejected and pronounced worthless. You may try to rise above those situations and say It really doesn't matter, when in truth, it hurts, it causes pain, grief, and ultimately fear. THIS KIND OF FEAR CAN ROB US OF DEEP RELATIONSHIPS and we may even become very compliant and solicitous, blending into the values and attitudes of others where we should not.
In his book, 12 Steps to Living Without Fear, Lloyd Ogilvie, our former U.S. Senate Chaplain, suggests the FOLLOWING AFFIRMATION: Secure in God's love, I will not surrender my self-worth to the opinions and judgments of others. When I am rejected, I will not retaliate; when I am hurt, I will allow God to heal me. And knowing the pain of rejection, I will seek to love those who suffer from its anguish. Along with this statement, it is important to LOOK REALISTICALLY AT THE POSSIBLE REASONS behind why you might have been, or are being, rejected. Take it to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to shine His light on the situation and to be the strength of your life. MAKE HIS OPINION MORE IMPORTANT than the values and opinions of others. Be concerned about what God thinks of you . . . not others.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
How Significant Are You?